Friday, July 11, 2014 Tammuz 13, 5774
Paul Soles is feted for role as an embittered Holocaust survivor who, indeed, will never forget
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When 72-year-old Saul Sampson goes to bat for his heritage, it is more as Holocaust survivor than Louisville Slugger. His power is juiced by Judaism, steroids replaced by stings of memory that have him continuously circling the bases in his mind in a mad dash to outrun the goose-stepping Nazis who managed his diurnal lineup and litany of loss and...
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Yippie, oy vey? The Yiddish yelp and war cry of a Jewish John McClane? Or the peace plea of the Jewish dissidents of the Chicago 7/8? Life may seem safer with McClane as your die-hard buddy and battery mate, but it's the "Hair" today, gone tomorrow activists of an atavistic time that put America on trial who take up screen...
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No country for old minyans? In a modern-day movie milieu where the au courant currency exchange at the box office seems to be blood money, does a nice movie that is heartfelt and haimisch have a prayer? If it's "Praying With Lior," which focuses on the davening dervish of a phenomenon that is Lior Liebling, it does. Indeed, it has...
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Karl Markovics is definitely the real deal. Menacingly marvelous, Markovics portrays Salomon Sorowitsch, the major morally bankrupt member of "The Counterfeiters," a select section of concentration-camp victims in a con job by the Nazis to print bogus dollars and pounds, and thus bloat the world financial system into ruin. It is a true-to-life plot to "go green" that nearly resulted...
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Oy-Oy Seven? "In a way," claims Oded Gur-Arie, "this is what James Bond would have been like if he had had a family. "And he were Jewish." The spy who loved me? Gur-Arie agrees. His father, Ze'ev, was a Mossad operative who loved his family, but, perhaps, his home-away-from-home high-jinks even more. Ensconced in Egypt as a high-flying horse-breeder with...
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